What a TERRIBLE decision. I used the widget countless times everyday. Your proposed solution isn't working for me. With so many competitors this is the kind of short-sided decision that makes it easy for me to switch to Google, Apple, Amazon, etc.
Bring back the widget or you are losing this customer.
Why ever remove a feature? Improve it yes but unless you're deciding to screw with your customers it never makes to remove a feature people have been using on a daily basis. Now I will just be shopping for alternative services and considering options. Thanks Spotify!
Give us back the widget for Android or you will have one less premium subscriber. I'll gladly go back to my personal collection of music. Controlling player with notification is terrible is if you pause or stop the music notification disappears. It is more convenient if you have a dedicated widget to control your music.